Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia

Early Adventures in Persia, Susiana, and Babylonia : Including a Residence Among the Bakhtiyari and Other Wild Tribes Before the Discovery of Nineveh

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Sir Austen Henry Layard (1817-94) was one of the leading British archaeologists of the Victorian period. His excavations at Nimrud and Nineveh led to important discoveries about ancient Mesopotamia, particularly about the Assyrian civilisation, and his popular books such as Nineveh and its Remains (1849) brought archaeology to a wide audience. This book, first published in 1887, tells the story of an 'adventurous journey' Layard had made over forty years earlier, in 1840-2. He learnt Arabic and Persian and travelled widely, even among tribal peoples notorious for their lawlessness. Volume 2 opens with Layard's account of attacks by the Persian military against his hosts, the mountain-dwelling Bakhtiyari tribe. It describes Layard's return journey through Basra and Baghdad to Constantinople, against a backdrop of civil unrest, feuds, kidnapping, theft and robbery, alternating with generous assistance. The book ends with Layard, undeterred by his experiences, planning his next archaeological excavations.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 534 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
  • Cambridge Library Collection
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1108043437
  • 9781108043434

Table of contents

11. Arrival of the Matamet; 12. Mehemet Taki Khan leaves the mountains; 13. Discover a Bakhtiyari; 14. Interview with the Matamet; 15. Basra; 16. Leave Baghdad for Khuzistan; 17. Seyyid Abou'l-Hassan; 18. Renounce journey to India; 19. Arrive at Constantinople; 20. Reshid Pasha; Appendix; Index.show more